Sunday Worship Guide

Rev: Jim Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 27, 2020

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

Greetings:

Minister:    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People:       And also with you!

 

Introit: “I Love You, Lord”

 

I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice

to worship you, O my soul rejoice.

Take joy, my King, in what you hear,

may it be a sweet, sweet sound

in your ear.

 

Centering Words:

Listen to parables and dark sayings of old. Ponder the stories of Jesus and God’s mighty deeds of power.

 

Call to Worship:

Leader:   Give ear to God’s teaching

People:  We gather to hear the stories of our ancestors.

Leader:   Incline your ears to parables and dark sayings of old

People:  We come seeking stories of God’s wondrous power.

Leader:   Tell the coming generations of God’s glorious deeds.

People:  We will not hide them from our children.

Leader:   Come to the fount of living water.

People:  We will drink deeply from the waters of life.

Leader:   Taste the wellspring of our salvation.

People:  We gather to worship as people reborn.

Leader:   Let us pray.

ALL: Holy Mystery, the stories of our ancestors touch us as dark sayings of old. Help us behold truths in their stories, we are frightened to see in our own. Open our eyes to see your presence amidst their hopes and fears. Open our hearts to the courage it takes to assume leadership in our communities, while remaining your faithful followers. Open our minds to perceive hope in the midst of despair. We believe, Great Spirit. Help our unbelief. Amen.

 

Hymn: He Is Exalted”

 

He is exalted, forever exalted

and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord, forever his truth shall reign;

heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high;

I will praise him.

 

He is exalted, forever exalted

and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord, forever his truth shall reign;

heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

Hear the good news: No matter who you are, or what you have done, Christ welcomes us into God’s kingdom with open arms.

When we open our hearts and our lives to Christ, God’s forgiveness is    truly ours.

Amen.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-32

 

23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 26But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." 27So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

28"What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

Children’s Message: “True Obedience”

 

Special Music: “There’s a Spirit of Love in This Place”

Stefanie Boyd

 

There's a spirit of love in this place,

there's a spirit of love in this place.

You can't see it, but it's there

just as precious as the air.

There's a spirit of love in this place.

 

O alleluia, sing alleluia!

We bless your holy name.

O alleluia, sing alleluia!

There's a spirit of love in this place.

 

There's the presence of peace in this room,

there's the presence of peace in this room.

In God's tenderness is found

peace that passes human bounds.

there's the presence of peace in this room.

 

O alleluia, sing alleluia!

We bless your holy name.

O alleluia, sing alleluia!

There's a spirit of love in this place.

 

Sermon: “Strike the Rock”            Exodus 17:1-7

 

1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?" 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?" 4So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me." 5The LORD said to Moses, "Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink." Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “Wonderful Words of Life”

 

Sing them over again to me,

wonderful words of life;

let me more of their beauty see,

wonderful words of life;

words of life and beauty,

teach me faith and duty.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

 

Christ the blessed one gives to all,

wonderful words of life;

sinner, listen to the loving call,

wonderful words of life;

all so freely given,

wooing us to heaven.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

 

Sweetly echo the gospel call,

wonderful words of life;

offer pardon and peace to all,

wonderful words of life;

Jesus, only Savior,

sanctify forever.

 

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

wonderful words of life.

 

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed 

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;

    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

        born of the virgin Mary,

        suffered under Pontius Pilate,

        was crucified, died, and was buried;

    the third day he rose from the dead;

    he ascended into heaven,

        and sitteth at the right hand of God

        the Father Almighty.

    From thence he shall come

    to judge the quick and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    the holy catholic Church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now

And ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen

 

Prayers of the People   Joys and concerns:        

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer   

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “To God Be the Glory”

 

To God be the glory,

great things he has done!

So loved he the world

that he gave us his Son,

who yielded his life

an atonement for sin,

and opened the life-gate

that all may go in.

 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the people rejoice!

 

O come to the Father,

through Jesus the Son,

and give him the glory,

great things he has done.

 

O perfect redemption,

the purchase of blood,

to every believer

the promise of God;

the vilest offender

who truly believes,

that moment from Jesus

a pardon receives.

 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father,

through Jesus the Son,

and give him the glory,

great things he has done.

 

Great things he has taught us,

great things he has done,

and great our rejoicing

through Jesus the Son;

but purer, and higher,

and greater will be

our wonder, our transport,

when Jesus we see.

 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father,

through Jesus the Son,

and give him the glory,

great things he has done.

 

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